“For the Common good” is why we are given gifts. It is part of the concept of being one big family or of being one body with many parts, each working together. Our varied and unique gifts are meant to unite us as we come to learn what we each can offer to the whole.
In life we each face situations. Sometimes we can maneuver through them on our own. In other cases, we are a little more pressed and the gifts and skills God has given us are not quite enough. In these times we need to call on others whose gifts will help with our situation. There are two byproducts of this system God designed: as individuals we experience humility as we rely on others. As part of the body we come to value and appreciate others for their role in the larger community of faith.
For us to play a role in this system, we must know what our gifts are. The list in today’s reading includes teaching, discernment, healing, prophesying, and speaking in and interpreting tongues. In Romans 12 is another list and in Galatians 5 we find a list of the fruits of the Spirit, which can also be seen as gifts we possess and can share with others.
For some of us, our gifts are revealed through our passions. For example, one drawn to working with young people discovers their gift for teaching. Often we “do” what we are gifted at or with. For others, it takes effort and sometimes trial and error to find their gifts. And, uniquely, for some their gifts are totally different than what they do for a living.
Whatever the case, we are each called to use our gifts for the common good. May God’s Spirit work in us to reveal our gifts if we do not know them. If we do, may God provide opportunities for us to exercise our gifts today, for the common good and for God’s glory.
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11